The Independent (London, England)

The Independent is a Monday to Sunday newspaper, owned and published by Independent Print Ltd and headquartered in London, England. It was first published in 1986 in reaction to the conservative views held by the London Times and the London Telegraph. It has a liberal slant. The Independent's audience is London based, with 54 percent of its readership living in London and its surroundings. Other notable qualities of its readership are: the average reader is 43 years old; 59 percent are employed; 62 percent are married; 48 percent have a college degree or higher; and 73 percent own their own homes. Regions covered include: London and South East, South West, Midlands, North and North East, North West, Scotland, and Wales. The Independent is the youngest of Britain's daily newspapers and is notable for challenging London's more established and conservative daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. In 2010, Simon Kelner, Editor-in-Chief of The Independent, and Johann Hari, a regular columnist in the paper, each received a Comment Award, similar to the U.S. Pultizer Prize. Oliver Wright is Whitehall editor; Oly Duff is home news editor, and Katherine Butler is comment editor.

Articles from October 1, 2012

A Government Inspector Harrogate Theatre ****
Nikolai Gogol's biting satire on the corruption in Tsarist Russian public life makes an effortless translation to a small modern-day Pennine hill town. It is all a bit League of Gentleman but this camp, brassy update is very funny and very relevant....
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Ahead of the Rest
The German artist Thomas Schtte is arguably the finest figurative artist now working in Europe. Personally, I would drop the word "arguably". Although figurative art is alive and kicking, not least here in Britain (Thomas Houseago to name but one showing...
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All Blacks Take Title at a Canter
ROUND-UP New Zealand won the inaugural Rugby Championship yesterday after running in seven tries to defeat Argentina 54-15 in La Plata.The victory gave the defending World Cup champions an unassailable nine-point lead with one round of matches to go...
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All Eyes Are on Chuka - the Bright Young Thing Who Can Blather
The Labour Conference DIARY The political graveyard is littered with ex-future leaders who have risen too fast only to wilt in the heat of too much exposure. With that caveat, let it be noted that Chuka Umunna, Labour's shadow Business Secretary, is...
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An 11-Hour Schoolday in Hackney? Even the Parents Aren't Sure It's a Good Idea
Controversial plan includes compulsory music lessons and 'nomadic ' teachers A former investment banker is spearheading a controversial plan to open the UK's first free school dedicated to mixed-ability teaching, with a school day lasting 10 and a half...
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And the Winner of the First Poulter Passion Award Is
THE WAY I SEE IT In Olympic and Paralympic year the Sports Personality gong is probably beyond him. Therefore I propose a category all on its own to be awarded to the sportsman or woman who demonstrates a degree of passion, skill and commitment that...
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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger
New York Times publisher who fought for press freedom Arthur O Sulzberger, the former New York Times publisher, changed the fortunes of the paper from a regional one that had just incurred its first loss in 65 years, and transformed it into an international...
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A Tour De Force by Brydon Can't Save This Wobbly Production
Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus of Disapproval, first seen at the National Theatre in 1984, is one of those plays that can sound fascinating in summary but promise rather more than they actually deliver. It's a problem compounded by Trevor Nunn's somewhat...
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A True Football Man: Jenkins Survives Nine Relegations, Decades of Debt and Knighton
LIFE BEYOND THE PREMIER LEAGUE Andrew Jenkins was eight years old. And bored. "Go down Warwick Road and watch the football then son if you want something to do," said a bloke plucking chickens.So he went to the football, to watch Carlisle United. That...
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A Turn-Up for the Bookish
Once the preserve of awkward academics, ankle-skimming trousers are a fashion faux pas no more. Just be sure your socks pass muster, says Rebecca Gonsalves Fashion designers are well-known for finding inspiration in the unlikeliest of people and places....
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Bad Bankers Warned: Repent or Go to Jail
Britain's top financial policeman promises criminal prosecutions in every 'dark corner of the City' Banking 'horrors' hidden - until now Britain's new chief financial policeman has issued a stark message to the City of London: "We have barely got started."In...
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Balls Takes to the Stage with Plan to Kickstart Economy
Shadow Chancellor wants 100,000 new homes using 4G windfall Economic growth should be kick-started by building 100,000 homes using 2.5bn from the auction of the 4G mobile phone spectrum, Labour will propose to today.Ed Balls, the shadow Treasurer, will...
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Bank Needs Governor with Experience of How Markets Work
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK I spent most of last week flying around Europe. A total of eight flights, including four in or out of Frankfurt, the home of the European Central Bank. I was stuck in Frankfurt for the night when my flight from Heathrow was delayed by...
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BBC Denies Cover-Up over Claims Savile Targeted Underage Girls
Up to 10 women have accused the family entertainer Sir Jimmy Savile of being a sexual "predator" who targeted them when they were underage, with several saying they were too scared to speak out while he was alive.The allegations, which include rape,...
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Being: Liverpool Must Not Whitewash the Reds If It Is to Be Meaningful TV
TALKING FOOTBALL The initial reaction to the concept of Being: Liverpool, the Channel Five documentary series that advertises itself as a behind- the-scenes look was to wince for a club that, in its golden era, was a byword for discretion. Liverpool...
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Bent Earns Late Point for Lambert as Villa Preserve Derby Pride
ASTON VILLA 1 Bent 80 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 Long 51 West Bromwich Albion arrived here yesterday looking to emphasise their newly-acquired status as Midlands' football's top dogs - and they very nearly rubbed Aston Villa's noses in it. Leading through...
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Better Late Than Never - McIlroy Creates His Own Time Zone of Brilliance
World No 1 shows resilience to overcome the odds against Europe's scourge Bradley For Rory McIlroy there will be safer, more serene days when the world will see only the easiness of his talent and a boyish refusal to take life too seriously but yesterday...
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Blackstock's Red Opens the Way for Rams
CHAMPIONSHIP NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0 DERBY COUNTY 1 Bryson 55 Nottingham Forest have acquired new owners, a new manager and almost a new team since they lost twice to Derby last season but a feisty East Midlands derby went the same way as Nigel Clough's...
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Bridge
Although the England Open Team did well in the European Championships held in Dublin earlier this year - coming fourth qualified them for the World Championships to be held next year in Bali - they did not make the cut in the World Mind Sports Games,...
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British Business Confidence Hits Its Highest Level for 15 Months
Hopes rise of an end to recession after global moves to revitalise the financial system British companies are more optimistic than at any time in the past 15 months after Europe, Japan and the US pledged to pump more money into the financial system,...
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Burns Plays the Breaks to Keep Gloucester Rising
LONDON WELSH 25 GLOUCESTER 31 James Simpson-Daniel stood waving his arms like a traffic policeman on the ring road around Oxford that brings you to London Welsh's borrowed home but for all the Gloucester back's reputation as one of the Premiership's...
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Burnt in Effigy, Wheatley Has the Steel to Shake City
New financial watchdog is used to dealing with harshest criticismLeading Britain's chief financial watchdog might sound like a tough job, but it's nothing compared with what Martin Wheatley had to endure in the same role in Hong Kong.After Lehman Brothers...
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Can TV Debate Lift Romney out of Slump?
With early voting under way, the candidates have only a few more chances to impress AMERICA DECIDES The pressure will be on Mitt Romney this week to ensure that the first of his televised debates with President Barack Obama becomes the moment his campaign...
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Charlotte Church Monto Water Rats, London ***
This set of extraordinary vocal chords might finally have shaken off her "Voice of an Angel" image. Plagued, as many child stars are, by the impression she made aged 12 as an apple-cheeked cutey with the ability to fill the Albert Hall with smitten grannies,...
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Chelsea's Cavalier Style Suits Mata but Leaves Wenger with a Headache
London's two most successful sides of recent years will make the customary transition to Champions League games this week in different mood. Each will be expected to win, but in Arsenal's case at home to Olympiakos a tightening up at both ends of the...
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Chess
On Wednesday, London had its first rest day, while Sao Paulo did battle; on Thursday, the roles were reversed.Tournament chess is extremely demanding and the players need a break. This was reflected in Thursday's round when the warriors played with more...
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City Slowed Down by Mancini's Tradition of Complicating Matters
You could feel the frustration at Craven Cottage. Yaya Tour could only blaze over from distance, Roberto Mancini could only berate his players. As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, Manchester City were dominating Fulham but could not do much with...
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Courageous Kelvin Is Such a Delicate Petal
MATTHEW NORMAN ON MONDAY Try not to look on this as special pleading for a dear old friend, but the character assassination of Kelvin MacKenzie must cease forthwith. One weeny mistake over Hillsborough - hardly, as his courageous demand for an apology...
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Divisions over Plans to Cosy Up to Lib Dems
Divisions have opened up inside Labour over how to handle the sensitive issue of the party's relationship with the Liberal Democrats and whether there could be a Lib-Lab coalition after the next election.Yesterday, Ed Miliband said the Liberal Democrats...
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Donald Freezes out Bubba to Launch Europe's Day of Days
What do you do when you need to put out an American firestorm? You send for the Ice Man. Bubba Watson did his utmost to stoke the flames yesterday morning by whipping up the home fans into frenzy again on the first tee. But Luke Donald simply froze him...
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Eagles Dare to Match Greatest Triumph
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS 16 SHEFFIELD EAGLES 20 Sheffield Eagles won their biggest trophy since their unforgettable Wembley triumph of 1998, by beating the hot favourites for the Co-operative Championship title.Just like Wigan 14 years ago, Featherstone Rovers...
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Europe's Incredible Fightback Completed by Kaymer
'Spirit of Seve' inspires Olazabal's side as German's nerveless putt retains Cup Unbelievable theatre, unimaginable tension, barely credible outcome. From the outer limits of probability Europe conjured the magic number 14 to retain the Ryder Cup against...
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For Ed, Reality Can Be Stranger Than Science Fiction
DONALD MACINTYRE'S SKETCH In The Atomic Man, a sadly forgotten 1950s science-fiction film, the eponymous hero lives seven seconds in the future, with the result that when interviewed for a magazine he answers the questions before they've been put. Disconcertingly,...
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France May Finally Accept the Little Chateau on the Prairie
Wine lovers in Britain and elsewhere in Europe may soon be drinking bottles of Chteau Dead Man's Gulch or, more likely, Chteau Napa Valley.Despite furious opposition in France, the European Commission is considering a request from Washington that American...
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George Gallacher
Frontman with Sixties band The Poets With the vocalist and songwriter George Gallacher at the helm, The Poets were the first Scottish group to make the British charts, reaching No 31 with their wistful and ahead-of-its-time composition "Now We're Thru"...
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Georgia Given Choice of Facing East or West in Crucial Election
Today's vote pits President Saakashvili's party against pro- Russia billionaire Georgians head to the polls today in a hotly contested parliamentary election seen as a referendum on the nation's future: back the party of the one-time revolutionary hero,...
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Grandfather Behind the God Particle Is Nobel Contender
A self-effacing grandfather who lives in sedate retirement is favourite to win the greatest accolade in science when the secretive Nobel Committee for Physics announces its decision next week.But the clamour to honour Peter Higgs for the seminal breakthrough...
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Green Light at Last for Pounds 56bn Merger of Mining Giants
Glencore and Xstrata resolve key differences hours before deadline was due to expire After weeks of arguments involving numerous twists and turns, Xstrata and Glencore have finally agreed to proceed with a 56bn merger that would create a game-changing...
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Harsh Winds Must Blow through the City
LEADING ARTICLE If there were those in the financial-services industry who thought - four years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers - that the pressure for reform might be abating, they could hardly be more wrong. For all the efforts so far, the work...
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How Public Lost Its Appetite for Breakfast Telly's Bland Fare
Media Studies Breakfast television, once a morning requisite as rich and piquant as a smoked haddock kedgeree, has turned into its modern day equivalent: a few mouthfuls of froth, taken on the move.Last month, ITV launched its hapless early morning show...
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If You like Miu Miu, You'll Love the Next Series of the Killing
READY TO WEAR WITH SUSANNAH FRANKEL "Guess what I'm watching?" texts my friend and The Independent's unofficial Denmark correspondent, designer Peter Jensen. "The Killing, series 3. And it's fucking good." The series had premiered in its home country...
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Islamists Accused of Revenge Attack
There was widespread anger and disbelief in the Kenyan capital yesterday after a grenade was thrown into a Sunday school, leaving one child dead and several injured.Suspicion fell on Somali Islamists al-Shabaab and a dozen injuries were reported in reprisal...
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I've Wasted Time at Old Trafford - Fergie Hated It
SMUDGER SMITH THE JOURNEYMAN PRO In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon "Smudger" Smith has played for over 67 clubs. The ultimate utility player, as his pace has diminished, he has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher...
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Let's Raise a Glass of Milk to Steven Gerrard Saying 'Accrington Stanley'
VIEW FROM THE SOFA Being: Liverpool Channel Five On Saturday morning, I watched the second episode of Being: Liverpool (their colon - you will not find a colon being: so wilfully abused here). On Saturday afternoon, I went to watch a dancing sheep show...
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Magical Mirallas Provides Moyes with Missing Jink
Kevin Mirallas has offered the spritely jink of magic some felt Everton would lack after the summer sale of Tim Cahill. The 24-year- old summer signing from Olympiakos has shone in recent weeks, his talent and awareness obvious during the two comfortable...
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Marengo Battles into Epsom Thoughts
With this year's Classics now all in the formbook, the search is in full swing for the successors to horses such as Camelot. At The Curragh yesterday, the 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner's young stablemate Battle Of Marengo became the latest to push claims...
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Martinez Tries to Raise Wigan Horizons
There is a subtlety to Roberto Martinez that makes him likeable, and perhaps explains why Dave Whelan extols his talents on television every week and why Liverpool were keen on his services in the summer. So when his team fell to their fourth Premier...
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Ministers' Private Text Messages to Be Revealed
Emails and text messages written by David Cameron and other members of his Government from private accounts are to be accessible to the public for the first time under the Freedom of Information Act.New government guidance, to be released shortly, will...
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Next Two Games Are Crucial for Laudrup
The Swansea manager, Michael Laudrup, feels it is vital his team make the most of their forthcoming double-header of home games as they look to halt their recent slump in form in the Premier League.The Welsh side recorded back-to-back victories over...
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Not So Abbey Ever After
Television Julian Fellowes wants to write a Downton prequel. Why not march forward to the septic Seventies? John Walsh offers his plot suggestions Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, has announced his intention to write a "prequel" of his smash-hit...
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Ominous for England but Morgan Holds Key
On balance the omens are poor for England tonight. The last time they played Sri Lanka in a do-or-die match in a major limited-overs tournament it ended in abject defeat by 10 wickets and the resignation of their captain.Whatever happens in their final...
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One-Man Team Watson Makes It Four from Four
SOUTH AFRICA 145-6 Peterson 32no, Behardien 31no; Doherty 3-20 AUSTRALIA 147-2 Watson 70, Hussey 45no Australia win by eight wickets Man of the match in all four of Australia's games so far, Shane Watson showed more of his incandescent form with both...
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Professor Phyllis Deane
Leading and influential figure in the field of economic history Phyllis Deane was a major figure in the era when economic history was an important and expanding and vibrant discipline in Britain. She was brought to the Department of Applied Economics...
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Public Apology the Price of Pietersen's England Return
Restoring trust is key in a make-or-break week for resolving a dispute that has drained Flower Kevin Pietersen must issue a public apology if he is to resume his England career. That is believed to be the final and most crucial factor before he can expect...
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Put Faith in Trusts, Say City Analysts
THE WEEK AHEAD TodayPrivate equity may have been labelled (along with hedge funds) as the scourge of the City by some. But whether you love them or hate them, they could be a good investment. Private equity trusts are trading at attractive discounts...
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Rodgers Fears Suarez's Reputation Will Mean Referees Mistreat Him
The first league win of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool tenure was delivered by Luis Suarez. For all of Rodgers' tactical teaching, Suarez remains the difference-maker for Liverpool, scoring three and making one in a 5-2 evisceration of Norwich City.Everything...
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Ronaldo Hat-Trick Fires Real
EUROPE Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick, two of the goals coming from the penalty spot, as Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo la Coruna 5- 1 lat the Bernabeu ast night to move into the top six of La Liga.Barcelona had gone four points clear at the top...
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Ryder Cup Timeline
HOW THE FINAL DAY UNFOLDED 5.03pm [BST]The final day beginsLuke Donald tees off against Bubba Watson in the first singles contest. USA need four and a half points to win, Europe need eight points to retain the trophy.US 10-6 EUROPE6.35pmLawrie chips...
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'Scrap Cheques' Call to Help SMEs Fight Late Payments
SMALL TALK When consumer groups forced the banking industry to abandon its plans to abolish cheques in 2018, it was celebrated as a populist victory. But it turns out that not all customers are so pleased. The British Chambers of Commerce says getting...
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Sentamu Snubbed - and Church May Take Months to Name New Archbishop
John Sentamu, the charismatic Archbishop of York, appears to have been snubbed in the hunt for a successors to Dr Rowan Williams, amid claims church leaders are in "deadlock" and could take months to nominate a new Archbishop of Canterbury.Speculation...
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Soft Touch
Catwalk's working mum returns with warmer classics It was the turn of the Cline designer Phoebe Philo to take to the Paris catwalk yesterday after one season's absence.She scaled back her presentation to the showroom six months ago because she was pregnant...
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Stay on Your Toes
Sculptural, sparkly or downright sensible - there's a shoe to suit every taste this season, says Gemma Hayward, so put your best foot forward FLATSThe horizontal sole is comfortably holding its own among the towering heels this season. The trend for...
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Strike? There's No Other Way
Blur lead pop protest over sale of label Artists threaten to withhold future releases if planned sell-off of Parlophone goes ahead. Adam Sherwin reports Some of Britain's top-selling musicians may withhold their future albums in protest against being...
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Such Secrecy Reflects Poorly on the Church
Choosing an Archbishop He is, we are often told, the moral voice of the nation. A man (sadly it still has to be a man) who has the heady task of leading Britain's Anglicans, speaking as the nation's conscience and herding the 77 million cats that make...
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Syrian Rebels' Backers Block Arms Cache until Bickering Factions Unite
Stockpiles of arms, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, are being held in Turkey for use by rebels in Syria's civil war, but their distribution is being held up because of disunity and feuding between the different groups of fighters, The...
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Thai Break over, Now Murray Is Getting Back to Work in Japan
TENNIS Three weeks of rest and celebration are over and it is time for Andy Murray to get back to business. The 25-year-old Scot will play his first tournament since winning the US Open at this week's Japan Open in Tokyo and says he is well rested going...
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The Beach Boys Royal Albert Hall, London *****
It's amazing that they've lasted this long. Not just the 50 years that this near-classic Beach Boys line-up is celebrating with a final tour, but through the six months of the tour itself without falling out.Early last week, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine...
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The Beautiful Mind of Flood Picks off Exeter by Numbers
It may be a mystery to the Exeter forwards who spent Saturday afternoon cracking their heads unsuccessfully against the mobile brick wall that was the Leicester pack, but in the open spaces there was some Nobel Laureate codebreaking going on.Toby Flood's...
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The Best Possible Way to Remember a True Pioneer
In 1984, Kenny Everett was the biggest star on British TV. His anarchic, groundbreaking BBC1 programme, The Kenny Everett Television Show, was pulling in audiences of some 20 million, a third of the British population, and his catchphrases were parroted...
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The Lady Vanishes
Designers in Milan concentrated on the modern woman, proving that florals can be fierce and sweetness can be tough, says Harriet Walker The grande dames of Milan are a bundle of contradictions: feminine and fragrant in their summer dresses and heels,...
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The Problem Was Inside Our Heads, Claims United's Evra
Once, when he was asked why Sir Alex Ferguson was suddenly so nice about him, Arsne Wenger replied wistfully that he was no longer seen as a threat at Old Trafford.Manchester United's great helmsman invariably lavishes praise on those he regularly beats....
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These 'Savages' Created Some of History's Finest Art
THE LONG VIEW On sale outside the Louvre's spanking new exhibition of Islamic art this weekend was a magazine headline to engage any reader. "Les fanatiques," it read. The fanatics in question were not Texas pastors or Californian video-makers who burn...
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The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid Little, Brown, Pounds 16.99
One of the most accomplished crime novelists in the UK, Val McDermid has an acute reading of psychology that lifts her out of the genre straitjacket.She delivers pulse-raising set-pieces when necessary, but truthfulness of characterisation is always...
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The Weekend's Viewing
When the producers of Channel 4's 2002 reality series The Edwardian Country House advertised for volunteers for their reconstruction of upstairs-downstairs life, they were surprised by an imbalance in the responses. Their assumption had been that virtually...
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Tory Chairman Accused of Running Dirty Tricks Campaign While Minister
Cabinet Office refuses to hand over documents relating to altered letter from Lord O'Donnell Grant Shapps has been accused of being at the centre of a "cover- up" over attempts to smear Lord Prescott, after the Cabinet Office refused to release key correspondence...
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'We Want a Conventional Wedding, Just the Same as Everyone Else'
At Britain's biggest trade fair for gay nuptials, Ben Bostock pops the question and finds enthusiastic support for same-sex marriage Opponents claim that there is little appetite for gay marriage. That wasn't the case in Cardiff yesterday, as the Gay...
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Whatever Happened to the Labour Party?
Politics What is Labour for? If you could pay a visit back to 1899, a railway signalman from Doncaster called Thomas R Steels would certainly have been able to answer. Exasperated at the lack of a political voice for working people while the wealthy...
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'When the Doctor Changed His Mind It Felt like a Miracle'
The Monday Interview A son's quest to stop his father's life support from being turned off has astonished the High Court. Terri Judd reports In the grandeur of the High Court, he is simply referred to as the anonymous Mr L, a patient who cannot speak...
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Who Needs Tries? Farrell Kicks Sarries Past Quins
HARLEQUINS 16 SARACENS 18 Saracens have now played precisely 260 minutes of rugby without scoring a try, which is no mean achievement for a side armed with attacking players as clever as Alex Goode, as inspirational as Schalk Brits and as opportunistic...
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Wicked. Twisted. Wrong. but Not All the Same
Child protection September has been a cruel month for susceptible and impressionable British children. Well, all months are, but as some truly bad news accreted just after kids in fresh uniforms trotted off back to school, it felt more poignant. Court...
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Wonderful Wokingham: 'The Best Place to Raise Children'
Nestled in the Loddon valley, the peaceful market town of Wokingham is renowned for its excellent schools and low crime rate.Now researchers have crowned the historic Berkshire town as the best place in the UK to bring up children.Wokingham came out...
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Young Star James Claims Fourth Gold
CYCLING It has been an instructive five days for Britain's young pretenders at the National Track Championships in Manchester and none more so than for Becky James. The 20-year-old from Abergavenny yesterday claimed her fourth gold of the week to lay...
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